Investigators interviewed witnesses and are following credible and constant leads. Potential suspects detained were released due to review of video provided by mall management and exit interviews. Through interviews and video tape review investigators have determined there was a single shooter. Police say the shooting is gang motivated.
Hamilton Place marketing director Kim Lyons released the following statement to Channel 3:
"We're working closely with local law enforcement. The Chattanooga Police Department is still on scene conducting their investigation and have confirmed there is no active threat to the public. The incident occurred in the parking lot outside of Sears Auto Center. Sears and JCPenney closed as a precaution. Sears has since reopened, JCPenney is still closed at this time, the rest of the mall remains open."
With Black Friday underway, the mall was filled with many people, including Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson. Sheriff Watson posted his account of the incident to his Facebook page.
Reporter Sara Sidery says Sears has reopened and shoppers are returning to the mall.